Stale baguettes are perfect for bruschetta, which is really just the original garlic bread. Split the baguette in half, toast it in the oven, then rub it with garlic and drizzle olive oil over it. But you can go further: I like to add sliced tomatoes and then grill it again in the oven. Although purists may sniff, you could add slices of mozzarella or ham, artichokes or grilled zucchini. Makes a delicious snack or meal with a fresh salad.
2. French Toast
Is there a better Sunday morning breakfast? Soak slices of stale bread in an egg and milk mixture. Fry until golden. My husband likes to eat his dipped into coffee, but if you’re not French, you can content yourself with sprinkling the French toast with nutmeg and drizzling with maple syrup or honey butter.
3. Stuffing or Dressing
Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to treat yourself to stuffing. I believe it really is perfect all year round. It seems like each family has their own recipe for stuffing or dressing; I make mine with sauteed apples, onion, carrots and celery, homemade chicken stock and white wine serve to moisten it. Sometimes I toss in dried cranberries, or bits of turkey. Best eaten cold, at midnight, in front of the open fridge door.
4. Bread Pudding or Custard
Again there are as many recipes as there are cooks. I shared my recipe for Apple Custard Bread on Almost Frugal back in March. Or you could go the indulgent nuts and whipped cream route shown above.
5. Bread Crumbs
You need really stale, hard bread for this, so if yours hasn’t quite reached that point then you can dry it out in the oven. Break the bread into smallish chunks and then grind in your blender or mixer. I like to leave some plain, but then to the rest I add mixed herbs, some salt and lots of garlic. You then have ready made bread topping for baked chicken, or filler for tuna patties. I keep it in the freezer, in small tupperware containers.
6. Bread Sculptures
OK, so this isn’t something to eat, but it is a fun craft to make. This is especially well suited to kids who like to squish things between their fingers… wait, isn’t that all kids?